Speaking Truth to Powergirl.

Link to today’s strip

Sorry for the late post. The strip wasn’t available for preview so I wanted to wait for it to drop. Boy I’m sure glad I did! *eye-roll sarcasm*

As a female who enjoys comic books…I’ve pretty much heard it all too. And by heard it all, I’ve had a few scattered males ask me about my ‘unique’ viewpoint on comic books. And my ‘unique’ viewpoint is the radical idea that sometimes there’s a little too much TNA fanservice. That’s it.

It’s a male dominated medium to an extent, but not some kind of misogynistic boys club, and it hasn’t been for a long time. Gail Simone’s been writing comics since 2002! There were a couple female Transformers comic writers in the last couple years.

And Batiuk is willfully erasing female centric history by ignoring the fact that Ruby here would have been a comic writer at the height of the Teen Romance comics. Does he even remember that these exist? Or because they aren’t spandex or space monkeys he doesn’t consider them ‘true’ comics.

Let us celebrate women in comics with a little Wikipedia Copy Pasta

“Comic books, as well, have been produced by a number of female artists.

One publisher in particular, Fiction House, used many female cartoonists, both on staff and through Eisner & Iger, one of the era’s comics “packagers” that would supply comic books on demand to publishers testing the emerging medium. Action and adventure-oriented genres were popular at this time, and Fiction House’s forte was capable and beautiful female protagonists, working as pilots, detectives, or jungle adventuresses. Women working for the publisher include Lily Renée, at the Lambiek Comiclopedia Fran Hopper and future romance artists Ruth Atkinson and Ann Brewster. These stories were frequently written by a female writer, as well: Ruth Roche, later an editor. Before finding fame as a crime novelist, Patricia Highsmith wrote for Black Terror and other comic books.

In the 1950s Marie Severin, sister of artist John Severin, was a frequent EC and Atlas/Marvel colorist, later drawing her own stories as well. Her cartoon style made her a frequent contributor to Marvel’s Not Brand Echh satirical title of the late 1960s. Another prolific artist was Ramona Fradon, who drew Aquaman and was co-creator of Metamorpho.

Later artists and writers include Ann Nocenti (creator of Typhoid Mary and Longshot), Louise Simonson (Power Pack writer), June Brigman (Power Pack artist), Gail Simone (Welcome to Tranquility), Devin Grayson (Batman writer), Becky Cloonan, the first female Batman artist.,[10] Marjorie Liu (The Amazing X-Men writer), Sara Pichelli (Ultimate Spider-Man artist), G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel), Amanda Conner (Power Girl artist), and Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly, Bitch Planet) at Image Comics.”

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19 responses to “Speaking Truth to Powergirl.

  1. Paul Jones

    Usually from the mouth of a peevish idiot like Batiuk who doesn’t want girls girling up the He-Man Wimmen Haters’ Club he belongs to: the National Cartoonist’s Society. This means ignoring the holy living shit out of something he can’t consider comics because it’s not the Flash finding some grade-school means of outwitting Captain Cold.

  2. Rusty Shackleford

    This isn’t about women in the comics industry. It’s about Batty showing he holds the correct opinion, and using his power as an artist to share an important message.

    Then he will post on his blog about how explored some important issue and then wait for the awards committee to call.

    Thank you Comicbookharriet for providing an honest reflection on the industry.

  3. Banana Jr. 6000

    It’s nice that Mindy realized her remark may have come off as disrespectful, and apologized for it. And that Ruby took it graciously.

  4. I’m more convinced than ever that this is Dinkle.

  5. robertodobbs

    There were quite a few women active in the early 70s underground comix era; I’m just thinking of Sherri Flenniken, Trina Robbins, Aline Kominsky, Joyce Farmer, Lee Marrs, and quite few others. To the extent that FW ever makes any “sense,” I’d guess that by her cap and hair that Ruby would be from this era and genre. Except that none of the underground women artists following those days ever got more mainstream than National Lampoon.

  6. billytheskink

    Ruby’s heard it all… except for herself explaining that hat.

  7. Buckeye Feculence

    On the flip side–when you’ve been drawing a comic strip for so long, you’ve pretty much already said it all.

  8. Maxine of Arc

    I don’t have anything to add to Harriet’s masterful takedown, just wanted to offer kudos as another Comic Reading Lady Who Has Maybe Been In A Comic Shop In The Last 20 Years Unlike Some Cartoonists We Might Name.

  9. The name “Dibbs Gallery” is a tip of the Funky felt tip to a character from “The Ripples”, an obscure comic strip that TB is obsessed with.

  10. Epicus Doomus

    It needs to be pointed out here that Mindy got into the comic book business because she was visiting her boyfriend at work, thus any attempts to portray her as some sort of flag-bearing trailblazer will be, uh, quite disingenuous, at best. Also bear in mind that her prior job involved helping her brother (I think) run a broken down old movie house. Perhaps if he wasn’t so lazy BatYak could have written Mindy as a young woman eager to blaze that trail through the (sigh) comic book business, but he chose otherwise. Like many of his female characters, she pretty much stumbled into it while catering to a man. For reference see: Holly, Becky, Jessica, Cindy.

    • spacemanspiff85

      Wait, you’re saying #metoo isn’t about how you should get ahead in your career by dating/marrying your male coworkers? Don’t tell Batiuk that.

  11. Batgirl

    And those romance comics that TB never ever refers to? Stan Lee scripted boatloads of them: https://truelovecomicstales.blogspot.com/2018/11/stan-lee-romance-comics-writer.html

  12. Batgirl

    Words cannot express how much I want the backstory here to be that Kitsch Swoon and Ruby Lith were lovers back in the day, and that this show will bring them back together and able to be out and proud.
    It won’t happen. Sooner TB will bring Phil Holt back from the dead to maintain heteronormativity in named characters.